DIY Seed Paper: Create Beautiful and Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Make your own seed paper and turn recycling into a blossoming surprise for your loved ones. This innovative craft allows you to transform used paper into a work of art that sprouts into vibrant wildflowers. It’s a fun and creative way to show someone special how much you care.

What You Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups of cross-cut pieces of used printer paper
  • Large bowl of warm water
  • Window screen material
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Blender
  • 9 x 13-inch baking pan
  • Packet of wildflower or other seeds
  • Bath towels or several layers of felt squares
  • Waxed paper
  • Colored markers

How to Make Seed Paper:

  1. Start by soaking the paper pieces in a bowl of water overnight.
  2. After soaking, transfer the paper into a blender and fill it halfway with fresh water.
  3. Blend the mixture until it becomes soupy.
  4. If desired, add food coloring to the mixture and blend further.
  5. Pour the blended paper mixture, also known as pulp, into a baking pan filled with water, filling it one-quarter full.
  6. Slide the embroidery hoop with the screen under the pulp and seeds, ensuring it’s completely submerged. Use a spoon to cover the screen with pulp if necessary.
  7. Lift the screen gently, allowing the water to drain off while evenly catching the pulp mixture on top.
  8. Place the screen on a bath towel or layers of felt to drain the excess water.
  9. Sprinkle the seeds onto the wet pulp and gently pat them into the surface.
  10. Once the excess water has been absorbed by the towel or felt, flip the embroidery hoop onto a sheet of waxed paper to dry. The seeds will be on the bottom.
  11. To remove the pulp from the screen, gently tap the hoop on a table or counter. If the pulp doesn’t stick together well, try adding more pulp to the screen next time.
  12. Allow the paper to dry for at least 24 hours.
  13. If the paper doesn’t lie flat, place a heavy object on it, such as a book, for a few hours to flatten it.
  14. Finally, decorate the unseeded side of the paper with colorful markers to make it truly unique.

How to Plant Your Seed Paper:

When you’re ready to plant your paper masterpiece, follow these simple steps:

  1. Lay the seed paper on the surface of the soil.
  2. Sprinkle a quarter-inch thick layer of soil on top of the paper.
  3. Lightly water the soil to keep it moist, ensuring the seeds have the necessary hydration to sprout and develop roots.

Good luck with your eco-friendly endeavor, and enjoy the beauty of nature!

Seed Paper

Remember, by choosing to make your own seed paper, you’re not only creating something beautiful but also contributing to a more sustainable future. For more creative and environmentally friendly ideas, visit Quill And Fox.